Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program LengthFive semesters


Potential Salary Range$48,230


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program helps prepare students to enter the field of occupational therapy through academic and clinical studies. The OTA curriculum includes both classroom education at the College and fieldwork (clinical) training in traditional and non-traditional OT practice settings. Upon successful completion of academic and clinical studies, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for occupational therapy assistants provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Additional employment requirements, such as state licensure, vary from state to state and among countries. Each student is encouraged to determine the additional employment requirements of the state or nation in which he or she wishes to work.

Requirements for Student Progression, Completion and Retention


  • Completion of all required coursework with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Proof of required or state mandated health screenings and immunications and CPR training. Clinical and practicum training will require drug screenings.
  • Clinical and Practicum training at health care facilities, which may require extended travel (early mornings, evenings, weekends) within 60 miles of the student’s home.
  • Entry into Level II fieldwork (practicum) must begin within six months of completing academic studies.
  • Completion of Level II Fieldwork (practicum) of 16 weeks within 16 months of completion of academic studies.
  • Interruption in sequence of studies may require additional coursework to ensure clinical readiness.
Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam and/or attain state licensure.


Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

American Occupational Therapy Association


Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is a separate procedure from admission to Navarro College. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. After acceptance as a student by Navarro College, a student may submit an application to the OTA program. Positions in this program are limited.

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is based on a competitive basis. A new class is accepted for admission into the program each fall. Selection is based on the following factors: completion or exemption of TSI requirements; completion of the required science (BIOL 2401) or the science-elective (BIOL 2404); completion of the course HPRS 1101 Introduction to Health Professions, overall grade-point average of completed OTA core courses (i.e. English, Psychology, Math, etc.) and required HPRS courses; completion of prior college degree; and previous health care work experience.

Applicants with the highest number of points will be selected for the number of vacant positions in the next class admission. Students who are ranked but not admitted due to program resources will be held as alternates. The annual enrollment will be determined by Navarro College based on available fieldwork education sites, faculty, and other factors.

Selection of students for admission into the program will take place during the month of April. Students should receive notification as to their status within the program during the month of May. Students selected for admission will be required to return the letter of intent and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the fall semester.

The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Corsicana campus of the Navarro College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Midlothian campus of the Navarro College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been granted Developing Status by ACOTE.

ACOTE can be contacted at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20824-3449
Phone: (301) 652-2682

Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the OTA Program Director and/or Dean for Health Professions.



HPRS 1101   Introduction to Health Professions
HPRS 1206   Essentials of Medical Terminology
HPRS 2301   Pathophysiology
OTHA 1161   Clinical in OTA I
OTHA 1162   Clinical in OTA II
OTHA 1163   Clinical in OTA III
OTHA 1309   Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 1311   Occupational Performance Throughout the Lifespan
OTHA 1315   Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I
OTHA 1319   Therapeutic Interventions I
OTHA 1341   Occupation Performance from Birth to Adolescence
OTHA 1349   Occupation Performance of Adulthood
OTHA 1405   Principles of Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2204   Neurology in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2209   Mental Health in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2235   Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2301   Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2305   Therapeutic Intervention II
OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2366   Practicum in OTA I
OTHA 2367   Practicum in OTA I
OTHA 2402   Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II


Occupational Therapist


Helpful Resources for Research

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Resources
Evidence based medicine
Evidence based occupational therapy (OT Seeker)
Library of Congress
National Academy Press
National Library of Medicine
NIH guide for grants and contracts


The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
For Prospective Students



A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant

Glenda Terry, Dean
Bain Center, Room 226
Jeanette Krajca, OTR, M.S., Director
Bain Center, Room 205
Kristi Mcleod, COTA, B.B.A., Professor
Bain Center, Room 207
Martha Phillips, OTA, Faculty
Frank Spates, OTR, Faculty
Shannon Samples, COTA, Faculty



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*Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Cost does not include labs, fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2014 tuition chart here .